Wojtek BRZOZOWSKI (POL), the 2004 European Champion, took the lead in the regatta after the second day and managed to defend it until the 13th of 15 races. He had a continuous duel with ALBEAU, although at the end the Frenchman seemed to be a little bit more resistant to the pressure. While BRZOZOWSKI discarded the last two results, ALBEAU kept up the pressure, scoring a second and a third to take the honours. Reigning Formula Windsurfing World Champion Micah BUZIANIS (USA) also had an excellent day. He was the best rider yesterday and scored two victories and a second place. With this performance he was able to overtake the British hotshot Ross WILLIAMS and claim third place. For three days the two had been fighting head to head for the final spot on the podium.
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By the finish ALBEAU had achieved a clear victory with 17.2 points and won the official class title, Formula Windsurfing European Champion 2005. On the day's racing he said, 'It was a big fight with Wojtek. Today the wind was lighter and I screwed up the first race. But through the whole regatta I sailed very consistent. So I was able to discard this result and caught Wojtek. Rhodes is a good place. I hope to return next year.' In second place followed BRZOZOWSKI with 22.9 points. BUZIANIS took third with 24.8 points. WILLIAMS was fourth with 34.4 points whilst Steve ALLEN (AUS) completed the top five with 37.7 points.
In the Master division, Marco BEGALLI (ITA) won in front of Adri KEET (NED) and Martin ERVIN (EST). In the Youth division, the Frenchman Julien QUENTEL dominated with 120 points in front of Robert BALDYGA (POL) and Leszek RUTKOWSKI (POL).
For next year Ialisos has applied to host the Formula Windsurfing World Championships 2006 in September. The success of the European Championship is a big step forward for that goal. The competitors will now move on to the IFCA European Slalom Championships in Alacati, Turkey.